Hell Fire-Metal Masses
Active since 2010 (and already working on their second album as we speak), Hell Fire is a traditional heavy metal/speed metal band from San Francisco, California that is fronted by Jake Nunn (also a singer/guitarist in Hysteria and (since 2011) the co-guitarist of cult power/thrash band Sentinel Beast!). "Metal Masses" is the band's first studio outing and it is a digital release gone mainstream*. For once that high amount of praise is a warranted outcome, Hell Fire's debut being a sinfully-slick combination of N.W.O.B.H.M. (Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Angel Witch, Saxon, Jaguar, Raven, and Blitzkrieg), traditional heavy metal (Accept, Dio, Rainbow, and Scorpions), and ("Kill 'Em All"-"Ride the Lightening"-era) Metallica! Even so, Hell Fire do there own thing on this 11-track (Fist Bangin' Mania!) release and they do it remarkably well. Scratch that, Hell Fire does it better than most and it isn't even close!! As highly recommend as the group's debut comes, sophomore releases have given us a lot of joy in the past (see: Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, etc.) so I can't wait to see what else this talented lot has up it's sleeves!
*It's getting a proper release on CD and (maybe?) LP.